David "Doc" Moore

David "Doc" Moore

DUI registration, property rights, jobs for working families and small business owners and rural high-speed Internet are high on David “Doc” Moore’s to-do list in the 2015 legislative session.

Moore, a Republican and 30-year resident of Missoula, formally announced his candidacy earlier this week for House District 92, a retrofitted east district that covers the eastern end of the Interstate 90 corridor in Missoula County starting with East Missoula, and now Seeley Lake and Condon up north.

He’ll face Larry Dunham of Condon in the June 3 Republican primary. Dave Strohmaier of Missoula is the lone Democratic candidate in HD 92.

Moore edged Democrat Chuck Erickson in HD 91 in 2012 and called his first fling in the Legislature the following year “a very educating experience.”

A Great Falls native who lived in East Missoula for 23 years, Moore said he filed again because he has “become weary of the way our elected officials seem to consistently forget the average working family.”

“Our citizen legislators used to work towards building consensus between groups but have become mired in serving the needs of a few, while forgetting the rest of the citizens,” Moore said in a statement. “My special interest group is working families and Montana small businesses which create the majority of employment opportunities in our economy.”

With the once-strong forest products manufacturing industry “gone, perhaps forever,” the challenge is how to attract similar high-paying jobs and other non-service industry work, said Moore, who in the last legislative session served on the Business and Labor, Local Government and Federal Regulation and Telecommunications committees.

“I’m going to continue to work with the attorney general’s office on DUI registration, and property rights, and also I’m hoping we can do some things that are going to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas. They’re kind of getting left out,” Moore, who serves on the state information technology board, said in a telephone interview.

“You see a lot of bills that help larger urban areas but not so many for the urban communities.”

Between sessions Moore finished a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Montana, where he also holds degrees in business management and organizational communications. He retired from the automotive repair industry with 30 years of experience as a technician and a manager.

Reporter Kim Briggeman can be reached at (406) 523-5266 or by email at kbriggeman@missoulian.com.

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